Middle School Science – TCI


Bring Science Alive! is a program built from the ground up to align to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core Standards. Bring Science Alive! embodies the new vision for how science should be taught in schools–focusing on big picture concepts and teaching students how to “do science”—rather than memorize facts.


Explaining Phenomena

Phenomenon-based unit storylines provide real-world problems for students to connect their own experiences. Investigations, the Interactive Student Notebook, and Key Science Concepts enable students to explore, explain, and make sense of phenomena.

Designing Solutions

Engineering Challenges and investigations present problems directly relating to Disciplinary Core Ideas to students. Students strive to design solutions to these problems.

Three-Dimensional Learning

Each and every lesson focuses on at least one Science and Engineering Practice, one Disciplinary Core Idea, and one Crosscutting Concept. Each dimension is selected to support learning as it relates to the Performance Expectation.

Life Science


Unit 1. Traits

  • Traits for Survival
  • Traits for Reproduction
  • Engineering Challenge
  • Performance Assessment

Unit 2. Bodies

  • Interacting Body Systems
  • Engineering Challenge
  • Levels of Organization
  • Controlling Body Systems
  • Performance Assessment

Unit 3. Cells

  • Cell Theory
  • Parts of Cells

Unit 4. Genes

  • Proteins, Genes, and Chromosomes
  • Inheriting Genes
  • Genes and the Environment

Unit 5. Changes in Genes

  • Genetic Mutations
  • Engineering and Genetics


Unit 1. Resources In Ecosystems

  • Resources in Living Systems
  • Interactions Among Organisms
  • Changing Ecosystems

Unit 2. Energy and Matter in Ecosystems

  • Capturing the Sun’s Energy
  • Using Stored Energy
  • Food Webs and Trophic Pyramids
  • Global Cycles of Matter

Unit 3. Humans and Changing Ecosystems

  • Biodiversity
  • The Importance of Healthy Ecosystems
  • Engineering Solutions and Protecting Ecosystems

Earth Science


Unit 1: The Earth-Sun-Moon System

  • Earth’s Rotation and Revolution
  • Earth’s Tilted Axis
  • Phases of the Moon
  • Eclipses

Unit 2: The Solar System

  • Gravity and the Solar System
  • The Inner Solar System
  • The Outer Solar System

Unit 3: The Solar System and Beyond

  • Formation of the Solar System
  • Beyond the Solar System


Unit 1. Earth’s Systems

  • Energy in Earth’s Systems
  • Earth’s Dynamic Surface

Unit 2. Processes that Shape Earth

  • Earth’s Tectonic Plates
  • The Rock Cycle
  • The Water Cycle
  • Earth’s Natural Resources

Unit 3. Earth Processes Through Geologic Time

  • Investigating Rock Strata
  • Reconstructing Earth’s History

Unit 4. Earth’s Natural Hazards

  • Volcanic Eruptions and Earthquakes
  • Mass Wasting, Tsunamis, and Floods


Unit 1. The Atmosphere and Energy

  • Earth’s Atmosphere
  • Earth and Solar Energy
  • Taking Earth’s Temperature

Unit 2. Weather

  • Air Pressure and Wind
  • Water and the Weather
  • Air Masses and Changing Weather
  • Severe Weather

Unit 3. Climate

  • Climate Patterns
  • Global Circulation of the Atmosphere
  • How the Ocean Affects Climate
  • Local Climate
  • Earth’s Climate Over Time
  • Climate Today and Tomorrow

Physical Science

Unit 1: The Composition of Matter

  • Atoms and Elements
  • Molecules and Extended Structures
  • Substances and Their Properties

Unit 2: States of Matter

  • The Motion of Particles
  • Heat, Temperature, and State Changes

Unit 3. Chemical Reactions

  • Identifying Chemical Reactions
  • Atoms in Chemical Reactions
  • Energy in Chemical Reactions
  • Chemical Engineering and Society

Unit 1. Mechanical Waves

  • Types of Waves
  • Properties of Waves
  • Wave Energy
  • Waves in Different Media

Unit 2. Light Waves

  • The Wave Model of Light
  • Properties of Light Waves

Unit 3. Waves for Information Transfer

  • Sending Information Using Wave Pulses
  • Analog and Digital Information


Unit 1. Forces

  • Describing Motion
  • Forces in Interactions
  • Effects of Forces

Unit 2. Noncontact Forces

  • Gravity
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetism

Unit 3. Kinetic and Potential Energy

  • Forms of Energy
  • Measuring Kinetic Energy
  • Types of Potential Energy

Unit 4. Thermal Energy

  • Thermal Energy and Heat
  • Thermal Properties of Matter